Seattle Arsonist Has Neighborhood on Edge

November 12, 2009

Hundreds of people attended a community meeting this week in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood to hear what police and fire officials are doing about an arson spree.

There have been 14 fires in the neighborhood since June 19 and six in the past two weeks. One man was burned in a fire in August.

Police urged residents at the Tuesday night meeting to report anyone suspicious. And firefighters say businesses should remove any materials around their buildings that could be set afire.

The police and firefighters have set up a task force, and they have asked the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for help in the investigations. According to the local press, there has also been a $25,000 reward set up.

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